Canucks holding their own

Katie Brickman
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Game rained out; team returns to action June 29

The best way to get better is by playing teams better than yourself.

Moose Jaw Canucks

Despite being a midget AA team, the Moose Jaw Canucks like to challenge themselves.

They did that last weekend when the travelled to Williston, N.D. to compete in a five-game midget AAA tournament.

“We took our lumps in a few games, but we did win one game. I think and hoping that the guys learned from watch these guys play the game,” said Kevin Smith, head coach of the Canucks. “You can’t help but learn from watching those guys play the way they play.”

The Canucks defeated a team from Idaho 9-3, while playing a complete game.

“We hit the ball … we didn’t make any errors,” he said. “That was good to see.”

The team returned to Saskatchewan Premier Midget AA Baseball League action on Tuesday when the faced the Regina Pacers on the road.

The Pacers are in the top half of the league, but another solid outing by the Canucks saw them tie 2-2.

“I think that more or less stemmed from the tournament. We played well defensively. Kagan Meier pitched a five-hitter and had seven strikeouts. He pitched very well after logging a lot of innings in the States too,” said Smith. “We just didn’t have our bats. I think that stems from seeing better pitching down in the States and when we came back up here, it wasn’t quite as good of pitching and our timing was a little bit off.”

The Canucks are 2-4-4 on the season, but know they can pull within the top teams of the league.

“We can play with the best teams in our league and we have beat the best teams in our league,” said Smith.

As the Canucks continue to face more teams, the players are starting to come together and put together a decent effort defensively and offensively each game.

“I think every game we play, we are getting better and we learn something every game,” he said. “We are just trying to put it all together at the end of the year and see where we can fit in at provincials in Yorkton. That is our team goal — have a good showing at provincials and see what we can do.”

The Canucks were rained out on Wednesday, but the game will be rescheduled on July 6 at 4 p.m.

Their next game action in on June 29 when they host the Regina White Sox in a double header at Ross Wells Park.

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